Walton has received the first prize of the ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Award 2022’ in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the national economy as well as the industrial sector.
In the hi-tech industries category of the award, Walton gained first place in terms of its annual turnover, manufacturing import substitute products, usage of locally made raw materials, employment creation, CSR activities, proper usage of lands, environment protection, etc.
A total of 12 industrial units, including Walton, in six categories received the ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Industrial Award-2022’ at a function held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Tuesday.
Attending as the chief guest, President Mohammed Shahabuddin handed over a golden crest and certificate of honor to Walton Hi-Tech Industries PLC’s Vice Chairman, S. M Shamsul Alam.
Among others, Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder, and President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Mahbubul Alam were also present as special guests.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun presided over the event, while Senior Secretary of the Industries Ministry Zakia Sultana delivered a welcome speech.
In memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the industries ministry arranged the Bangabandhu Industrial Award for the second time, aimed at recognizing the contributions of institutions in the industrial sector, creating incentives, and encouraging creativity.
While delivering his speech on behalf of the industrialists, Walton Hi-Tech Industries’ Director S. M. Mahbubul Alam remembered the life and works of Bangabandhu, stating, “We could not be industrialists if Bangabandhu was not born here. Introducing this award was a great work in a bid to encourage creativity in the industrial sector, and it should be continued so that the entrepreneurs could be encouraged.”
Thanking the industries ministry and the authorities concerned, he also said, “The Walton family is feeling proud to receive this prestigious award. Walton, from the very beginning, has been trying to make the country self-sufficient economically. Now, Walton is exporting ‘Made in Bangladesh’ labeled products to more than 40 countries, including Europe and America. We are earning foreign currencies by exporting products that were imported once. This remarkable achievement has been made possible with the help of the government’s industry-friendly policy. We hope that the government’s industrial policy support will continue.”
In the award, the first prize winner received Tk 3 lakh and a golden crest weighing 25 grams of gold. The second prize recipient got Tk 2 lakh, a golden crest weighing 18 grams gold, while the third prize winner was also given Tk 1 lakh, a golden crest weighing 15 grams gold. All the awardees also got certificates of honor.